[LINK] 'Online Rights'
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A joint project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Harvard,
Stanford, Berkeley, University of San Francisco, University of Maine,
George Washington School of Law, and the Santa Clara University School
of Law clinics.
Do you know your online rights?
Have you received a letter asking you to remove information from a Web
site or to stop engaging in an activity? Are you concerned about
liability for information that someone else posted to your online forum?
If so, this site is for you.
Chilling Effects aims to help you understand the protections that the
First Amendment and intellectual property laws give to your online
We are excited about the new opportunities the Internet offers
individuals to express their views, parody politicians, celebrate their
favorite movie stars, or criticize businesses.
But we've noticed that not everyone feels the same way. Anecdotal
evidence suggests that some individuals and corporations are using
intellectual property and other laws to silence other online users.
Chilling Effects encourages respect for intellectual property law, while
frowning on its misuse to "chill" legitimate activity.
The website offers background material and explanations of the law for
people whose websites deal with topics such as Fan Fiction, Copyright,
Domain Names and Trademarks, Anonymous Speech, and Defamation.
In addition, we want your help.
We are gathering a searchable database of Cease and Desist notices sent
to Internet users like you.
We invite you to input Cease and Desist letters that you've received into
our database, to document the chill. We will respond by linking the
legalese in the letters to FAQs that explain the allegations in plain
Periodically, we issue "weather reports" assessing the climate for
Internet activity based on the letters we receive and news reports. What
areas (topics, legal categories, jurisdictions) are coolest to online
conduct? What activities risk being frozen out altogether? What conduct
gets the warmest reception?
The Chilling Effects Clearinghouse contains multiple topic areas. Choose
a topic area to view its introduction, Frequently Asked Questions, and
annotated Cease & Desist notices, along with reference material and
recent news links.
If you are visiting because you have received a Cease & Desist notice, we
invite you to input your notice in the database.
Questions on the submission form will help to categorize your letter, and
then guide you toward topic areas for further information.
Once the notice is in our database, clinical law students will be able to
annotate it with questions and answers.
Sample Cease and Desist Letter with Analysis:
Conceived and developed at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society,
Chilling Effects is a joint project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
(EFF) and clinics at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center, Stanford Law
School's Center for Internet & Society, Boalt Hall's Samuelson Law,
Technology and Public Policy Clinic, and other law schools across the
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